Latest Surf lifesaving Stories

2007-07-13 15:08:29

By Susan Silvers, Connecticut Post, Bridgeport Jul. 13--TRUMBULL -- In his brief career as a lifeguard, Cody Hutchinson has seen plenty of kids bob up and down in the water, holding their breath for a time as they go under. So when the 15-year-old noticed a young girl in the pool at Beach Memorial Park about 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, he was not overly concerned at first. But when the dark-haired youngster clad in a yellow swimsuit decorated with roses sank to the bottom in about 7 feet of...

2007-06-27 15:01:16

By Jeffrey Pieters, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn. Jun. 27--Six of the seven drowning deaths in the last 16 years at Rochester's Foster-Arend pond occurred outside the area where swimming is allowed. Thirty-five-year-old Emmanuel McFarland of Hudson, Wis., who drowned at the pond on Monday, was one of those. His drowning was the first at Foster-Arend since Rochester adopted an ordinance in 2004 making it a misdemeanor to be in the water outside the designated swim area. Violators can...

2007-05-29 15:00:18

Lifeguards closed part of Cocoa Beach because of dangerous riptides that resulted in 200 rescues in a three-hour period. Brevard County Ocean Lifeguard assistant chief Jeff Scarbozi told WKMG-TV that there were 200 rescues at Shepard Park beach between noon and 3 p.m. Saturday. Lifeguards closed the beach on Monday. The riptides, which are fed by heavy surf breaking holes in sandbars, resulted in dozens of rescues and a few nervous parents at Daytona Beach. It is a risk for everyone,...

2007-05-10 06:00:21

By Max B. Baker, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas May 10--Burger's Lake, Fort Worth's popular private swimming hole, is being sued by the family of a 39-year-old man who drowned there two years ago. Described as a "healthy, experienced swimmer," Phillip Flores was swimming with his brother and a friend in July 2005 when he "exhibited distress and then slipped below the surface," the lawsuit states. Flores' family contends that Burger's Lake did not have enough policies, practices and...

2005-12-28 01:35:00

By Michael Perry SYDNEY -- Australia's summer -- if you can survive it, you'll love it. Australia has plenty of blue sky, a scorching sun and golden beaches washed by cooling waves. It also has a multitude of creatures that can kill you, and they all come out to play in the summer. Only one week into summer and hundreds of swimmers were chased from the surf at Bondi Beach by an unusually large shark, possibly an aggressive tiger shark or bronze whaler. Bondi Beach lifeguard Rod Kerr,who has...

2005-12-22 18:50:00

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Some of the biggest surf since the El Nino winter of 1997 pounded the Southern California coast this week, damaging piers, forcing beach closures and overwhelming even the most experienced surfers. Driven by a Pacific storm near Hawaii, sets of waves up to 20 feet tall on Wednesday swept San Diego-area beaches, where lifeguards on jet skis pulled more than 100 struggling surfers out of danger on the first day of winter. "There's a lot of machismo in play,...

2005-12-17 20:49:40

By Jim Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police stepped up security around Sydney's beaches on Sunday, fearing another eruption of racial violence after road-blocks found cars carrying knives, while hate messages circulated by mobile phone. Police patrolled beaches on horse-back and set up checkpoints around some of the city's favorite summer playgrounds, including Bondi Beach, where the holiday mood was infused by fears of fresh violence between whites and ethnic Lebanese. "I...

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